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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary

Entry for Strong's #5554 - סֶלַע

Word Origin
the same as (05553)
Parts of Speech
Proper Name Location
Word Definition [ Brown-Drivers-Briggs | Strong ]
Brown-Driver-Briggs' Definition

Sela = “the rock”

1) a place in Edom

1a) perhaps an early name for ‘Petra’

Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word ]
Verse Results
KJV (2) NAS (3) HCS (4)
2 Kings 1
Isaiah 1
Judges 1
2 Kings 1
Isaiah 1
Judges 1
2 Kings 1
Isaiah 2

Brown-Driver-Briggs Expanded Definition
 II. סֶ֫לַע proper name, of a location in Edom, ׳מֵהַהַסּ Judges 1:36 (strike out מֵ, compare GFM); ׳הַסּ captured in war 2 Kings 14:7 (and called יָקְתְאֵל); ׳מִסּ Isaiah 16:1; site dubious; old identification with Petra denied, plausibly, by Buhl Edom GFM Ju, 36 (who thinks of an actual cliff), but held Benz 2 Kings 14:7 Bd Pal (1898), 206; ᵐ5 ()πέτρα.

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Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Definition

סֶלַע m.

(1)  a rock, Judges 15:8, 11 Judges 15:11; 1 Samuel 23:25, etc. Metaph. God is called any one’s rock, i.e. his refuge, where he is safe from foes, Psalms 18:3, 31:4 42:10.

(2) [Selah, Sela], pr.n. Petra, the chief city of the Edomites, situated between the Dead Sea and the Ælanitic gulf, in a valley surrounded with lofty rocks, so that a very great part of the abodes were excavated in the rock. It is written with the art. הַסֶּלַע Judges 1:36; 2 Kings 14:7 poet. without it, Isaiah 16:1. See Relandi Palæstina, p. 926-951. The ruins of the ancient city still exist, called وادى موسى (the valley of Moses); see my Comm. on Isaiah, loc. cit., and Burckhardt’s Travels in Syria, etc. p. 703, seq. ed. Germ.

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List of Word Forms
הַסֶּ֖לַע הסלע מִסֶּ֣לַע מסלע סֶ֔לַע סלע has·se·la‘ hasSela hassela‘ mis·se·la‘ misSela missela‘ se·la‘ Sela sela‘
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